Monday, June 25, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Granola

It probably will surprise no one to know that my favorite part of a road trip is – you guessed it –  the snackage.  (Is that a word?)

I require snacks on road trips.  It’s like sunshine needs sunglasses, spaghetti needs meatballs, peas need carrots.  You get it.  But I especially require them when I am on a solo road trip.  Which happened to be the case I was in a couple weekends ago.  As I frantically, at the last minute, prepared my things to hit the road, I remembered that I hadn’t done any snack shopping.

Peering into the pantry I immediately noticed a brand new bag of oats and my mind went straight to granola.  I didn’t have a ton of mix-ins so I stuck to simple flavors – coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, and vanilla.

I quickly whipped up a batch, based on this vanilla-walnut granola recipe.  I let it cool, stuck it in a container, and packed it into my car.

I had been on the road for all of 6 minutes when I started feeling ravenous.  Maybe not ravenous, just bored.  So I started shoveling it in my face only to taste the best granola I’ve had in a while.  It tasted exactly like an oatmeal cookie, which happens to be my favorite.  The following week I made another batch to blog about and Paul walked in proclaiming that it smelled of cinnamon rolls in the loft.  He ran with the idea and suggested that I make a cinnamon roll drizzle for the granola and then he proceeded to tell me that my food would suck without him.  Yes, the cnamon roll granola thing was a great idea but I wouldn’t go that far.

So ice it if you want it to taste like cinnamon rolls; leave the icing off if you want it to taste like oatmeal cookies.  Add some raisins if you like that sort of thing in your rolls or granola.  Just know that this cinnamon roll granola is simply amazing.

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Cinnamon Roll Granola

Yield: 2 cups granola

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Homemade granola recipe packed with cinnamon and vanilla and drizzled with a traditional cinnamon roll glaze.

Ingredients:

for the granola:
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1 Tbs. ground golden flax seed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
3 Tbs. grapeseed or canola oil
1 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract

for the glaze:
2 Tbs. cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat liner.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, coconut, ground flax, cinnamon and sea salt. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan or microwave bowl, heat the oil, honey and vanilla until combined.

Slowly pour into the oat mixture and stir until well combined.

Spread onto the baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Allow the granola to cool and break up any large pieces. While the granola cools, mix the glaze by combining the cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place some granola on a plate or bowl and drizzle the glaze over the top.

Store in an airtight container.

Cassie’s Notes:
This recipe can be easily doubled.

Measure the oil before measuring the honey, the honey will come out of the measuring spoon much more easily when it follows the oil.

If you don’t like coconut, feel free to leave it out or use less. I’m not a huge fan but for some reason, I love it in granola. When it is cooked, it adds a bit of a nutty flavor that I love.

I prefer Bob's Red Mill coconut flakes and organic golden flax. They didn't pay me to say that, I just prefer their brand. They are easy to find, affordable, and I always have good luck with their products in my recipes.

 

70 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Granola”

  1. #
    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — June 25, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    Oh yes. Pinned for this Friday’s breakfast!

  2. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 25, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I’m just bummed I can’t eat this for breakfast right now!

  3. #
    Blog is the New Black — June 25, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    Looks amazing, lady!

  4. #
    Cookbook Queen — June 25, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Oh this would be perfect swirled in with vanilla yogurt too!!

  5. #
    Ashley - baker by nature — June 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I love road trips! And snackage is essential – this looks incredible, Cassie!!

  6. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Mmmm–I have been craving some homemade granola lately, and now that the temps have cooled down for a few days, maybe this one will be the winner! I do love me some oatmeal cookies. 🙂

  7. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 25, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    “snackage” = yep, totally a word! I went on a road trip this weekend too and made granola! Tropical granola full of some of my favorites. I’m a granola girl, so I’m most definitely saving this recipe Cassie! We’re very similiar in our taste preferences. 🙂

  8. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 25, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Both ways – good grief girl. Delicious!

  9. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 25, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Oh my Lord, I have to have food with me in my purse WHEN I LEAVE THE HOUSE. If I’m running errands and discover I don’t have snacks in my purse? Fugget it.

    I want this.

  10. #
    Tracey — June 25, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Snacks are my favorite part of road trips too, though mine are definitely not as healthy as yours 🙂 The granola looks awesome!!

  11. #
    Holly — June 25, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I wish I would’ve had this for breakfast today! Sounds SOOO yummy!

  12. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 25, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I’m totally with you on road trip snacks. Almost the best part, and blasting songs your would ordinarily be embarrassed to be seen in the company of (aka Bel Biv Devoe). Oh, and this granola looks so amazing.

  13. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — June 25, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    my favorite part of road tripping is the snackage, too! and this granola looks amazing. love the glaze ‘swirl’ on top – so pretty!

  14. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — June 25, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Ok – I just had to Pin and tweet this. I love granola and a cinnamon roll flavour sounds amazing. Love it Cassie

  15. #
    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — June 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I would totally ice it!

  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 25, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    cinnamon roll anything is soooo good and I bet your house smelled divine while this was baking!

  17. #
    nicole @ I am a honey bee — June 25, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    OMG I woul deat the whole dang batch. I love cinnamon roll anything!

  18. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 25, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Wish I could have some for my breakfast tomorrow!

  19. #
    DessertForTwo — June 25, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Gooooood morning to this! Love! 🙂

    And yes, snackage is the best word ever. It should be my middle name!

  20. #
    sarah k @ the pajama chef — June 25, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    what a great idea!

  21. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 25, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    haha i totally agree with you — i think it’s just more boredom than hunger that makes me snack an entire car trip..jason probably thinks i’m so lazy, i snack and nap. this sounds really delicious!

  22. #
    Meghan @ After the Ivy League — June 25, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    This looks delicious! I love homemade granola, and since the heat wave finally broke in New England, I might be able to turn on my oven tonight! Woohoo!

  23. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — June 25, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Love this and can’t even put into words how much I adore anything “cinnamon roll”.

  24. #
    Kathryn — June 25, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Oh I am making this asap! I’ve been looking for some granola inspiration and I think this is it!

  25. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — June 25, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    Haha. I love this. Snacking is by the best part of any trip. We went to the zoo on Saturday and after we saw the very first animal, I said, “Oh! Oh! Benches! Let’s eat our sandwiches.” And we had been gone from home for all of 30 minutes. Silly.

    Anyway, this looks amazing! I love the thought of cinnamon roll granola. Or cinnamon roll anything. 🙂

  26. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — June 25, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love, love, love homemade granola!

  27. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 25, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    Oh, this sounds amazing!! I love oatmeal cookies!

  28. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 25, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    You said it perfectly! Snackage is a must! Not just for road trips but for anytime of the day, especially in the 10PM-2AM realm. Can’t wait to give this one a try – and I will most definitely ice it. It would be a crime not too!

  29. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 25, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Yum!! What a great granola!!! I can see snacking on this all day!!!

  30. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 25, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    Amazing idea, I’d love this for my afternoon snackage! 🙂

  31. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — June 25, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I think I’m with your husband on this one! I kind of like the sweet swirliness on top!

  32. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 25, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    Oh my gosh that sounds amazing and the glaze is such a smart idea!

  33. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 25, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    This might be the best granola ever, Cassie!

  34. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 25, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    Homemade granola is one of those things that just makes you feel goooooood. It smells awesome in the oven, you can eat it for breakfast (or in the car on the road) with just about anything, use it for dessert…I just LOVE it! Given how much I adore granola, it’s surprising how infrequently I make it. Your recipe looks awesome, so I’ll have to take a trip to the bulk bins to pick up some granola ingredients!

  35. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 25, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    My favorite part of road trips are the snacks too. I totally use it as an excuse to eat things I normally wouldn’t allow myself. 😛

    This granola looks awesome! I love coconut in my granola and I especially love that you put a glaze on top!

  36. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — June 25, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Yum! I love cinnamon rolls and I love granola!!

  37. #
    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — June 25, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m all for making decadent cinnamon rolls into something healthyish like granola.

  38. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 25, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    You’re killing me with this granola! I would eat it by the spoonful, or on top of ice cream, or by the spoonful, or on top of yogurt….sigh. You get where I’m going with this…haha 🙂 Seriously thought it looks great…delicious!

  39. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — June 25, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    OK I fgeel like having this for dinner!!!
    Looks amazing!!
    Trust me cinnamon roll yumminess in a healthy twist…YUM!!!

  40. #
    Anna — June 25, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    I eat ridiculous amounts of snacks when I’m road-trippin’! This sounds perfect.

  41. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — June 26, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    I am with you on needing snacks when riding for more than 1 hour in the car! This sounds divine and just perfect for the next trip we make!!!!

  42. #
    Joanne — June 26, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    “ravenous” and “bored” are sometimes very hard to tell apart for me also. And really, it’s all semantics because either way I’m going to end up snacking! Love the sound of this! Definitely perfect road trip or breakfast material.

  43. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 26, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Oh yes, this is my kind of snackage! I am always whipping up granola to top my yogurt or to snack on. I am definitely make this recipe on my next batch. Looks amazing!

  44. #
    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian — June 26, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Lovely ‘snackage’. Looks amazingly tasty!

  45. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 26, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    You had me at cinnamon roll.

  46. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 26, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Looks delicious! Snacks are always a necessity.

  47. #
    Mercedes — June 26, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    I love to snack in the car also! This granola looks to-die-for Cassie! I have bookmarked this recipe already to give as a Christmas gift!

  48. #
    Kristi Rimkus — June 26, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I do believe that “snackage” is a word. If not, it is now. I love homemade granolas – I get to control the fat, sugar and sodium.

  49. #
    Baking Serendipity — June 26, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I know road trip snacks all too well! Granola bars are definitely a favorite, but I’ve never made homemade granola for a car snack. With the icing, this looks exactly perfect!

  50. #
    Suzi — June 26, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    Great mixture and perfect for those road trips. That is exactly what I do as well when heading out, have to make sure the snacks are in the car.

  51. #
    brandi — June 26, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    this looks SO good! i just want it while i’m sitting around the house. no car needed.

  52. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    what a fun breakfast idea! loooove it!

  53. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 26, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    What a fun granola! I really need to make my own, I have been putting it off for far too long!

    I am making your Mexican Quinoa Salad tonight!

  54. #
    Anna — June 26, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Oh my! This is genius! Totally making it as snackage 🙂 PS: My Hubs will want icing too 🙂

  55. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 27, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    So basically you were barely out of the driveway before you were ravenous?? :)I hear ya, I’m the same but with salted peanuts…

  56. #
    Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — June 27, 2012 @ 3:21 am

    I love your blog Cassie! I look forard to your posts! They are always so happy and wonderful and your photos are incredible! I have nomintaed you for the Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling! http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/)

  57. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — June 27, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    OMG, this granola looks amazing! I’m with you on snacking on a road trip- it’s an absolute must. My grandmother always gave us a brown bag full of goodies for our trip back home after our visit, and the tradition still stands at age 28.

  58. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 27, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    Love this idea! Cinnamon roll anything is awesome in my books. I love granola to begin with so this is even more amazing 😀

  59. #
    Kelly — June 28, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Umm YES please! This looks amazing! 🙂

  60. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — June 28, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I’m sure I enjoy licking these glaze where I’m supposed to be eating together with granola. =) Looks delish!!

  61. #
    Kristen — June 29, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    This looks so good, Cassie! What a great idea!

  62. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 3, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    I’m with you on the road trip snackage. I do like that word! 🙂 And this looks delish!

  63. #
    Katie @ OhShineOn — July 9, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    I am completely in love with this recipe. It makes me want to cry. And eat. At the same time? Now I really want granola for dinner.

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